The New Economy Series: Governing Cross-Border Data Flows

The New Economy Series


The free flow of data across borders is essential to the global economy, allowing companies and individuals to rely on a relatively unhindered flow of data to thrive and prosper. As data becomes a staple of trade, policy makers will need to rethink how cross-border data flow is different from goods and services, and how it should be regulated and governed. Broader considerations such as maintaining digital protections, privacy, and security will also need to be taken into account.

The fourth event in the New Economy series explores Canada's recent efforts in governing cross-border data flows through trade agreements. Join us to explore how this approach has led to challenges in creating universal rules governing the use of data, and how policy makers are attempting to regulate trade in data. The session will also explore the security dimension of global data flows and its impact on economic development.  

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Mark Schaan, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada


  • Patrick Leblond, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Blayne Haggart, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Political Science, at Brock University
  • Susan Aaronson, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Neil Desai, Vice-President, Magnet Forensics, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto



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